Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Durham, North Carolina
Year Opened
1995

Current Team
Durham Bulls

Affiliate
Tampa Bay Rays

League
International League

Capacity
10,000

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My Grades
Stadium A- Atmosphere A- Concessions A

Photos taken in 1997
Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) is certainly one of the finest new parks in the country. From its brick exterior which fits in perfectly with the old tobacco warehouses, to the immaculate interior featuring a cantilevered room, DBAP is simply a great place to see a game. The seats are comfortable, have wide aisles, and are all quite close to the action. Left Field features a mini-"Green Monster" that is about 25 feet high and contains a hand operated scoreboard. A bigger electronic scoreboard is deep in center field, but is really not used that much. The animated bull has been moved from the old park, and still resides in right field. A picnic area and large grassy slope are also located in right field. A gift shop is the first thing that greets you as you walk into the park. After walking up a flight of stairs, you arrive in the concourse area which is loaded with a great variety of concession stands. One complaint I had was that there did not seem to be enough entranceways to the seating area - just two narrow ones down each line. The between inning promotions were kept to a minimum - just one the whole night I was there. Unfortunately, it was a doubleheader so we were only allowed in 1/2 hour before game time - meaning less time to check out the ball park. One of the few minor league parks with an actual organ player.
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